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franklin's gull

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Sightings of Franklin's gull (Larus pipixcan) in Namibia are rare and are confined to sheltered coastal lagoons and sewage ponds. They can often be observed foraging and roosting with Hartlaub's and grey-headed gulls.

Distribution: Sighted regularly each year at Walvis Bay.

Diet: Forages for fish by swimming in shallow water.

Description: Pipixcan is a Mexican word, the equivalent from Spanish being apipizca which translates to 'gull'. They have a distinctive black hood which extends from the throat to the back of the neck. Often confused with the common black-headed gull which is paler above.

Breeding: Females lay between 2 and 4 eggs

Size: 35cm. Weight: 280g. Wingspan: 90cm.

Amjicaja Guest House

5km from the town center and within walking distance of the lagoon

Courtyard Hotel - Walvis Bay

A business hotel close to the town center

Egumbo Lodge

This colonial style lodge on the Walvis Bay Lagoon is the ideal place from which to explore the central Namibian coast

Lagoon Lodge

A bright & cozy lodge overlooking the lagoon and close to all of the cities amenities

Oyster Box Guest House

A small, upmarket, owner managed guest house offering excellent views over the Walvis Bay lagoon

Pelican Bay Hotel

Well situated with views over the lagoon and close to the ever popular Raft Restaurant

Pelican Point Lodge

Adjacent to a light house on a remote peninsula near the town of Walvis Bay. Pelican Point Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in a tranquil, remote & unspoiled environment

Spindrift Guest House

A friendly & relaxing eight roomed guest house

Sossusvlei Hotels